Antonine Maillet, PC CC OQ ONB FRSC is an Acadian novelist, playwright, and scholar. Acadian Avenger · La Sagouine, Acadian tourist attraction · Antonine Maillet – The Possibilities Are Endless (Trailer), National Film Board of Canada. La Sagouine is a play written by New Brunswick author Antonine Maillet that tells the story of la Sagouine, an Acadian cleaning lady from rural New Brunswick. On Île-aux-Puces, at Bouctouche, the stories of author Antonine Maillet will transport you to the traditional Acadia that she recreated around her most famous .

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There are no discussion topics on this book sagouinr. I recall feeling a huge sense of loss and despair as the enormity of what happened dawned on me. As the form loses some of its dialectal authenticity, content is privileged and the reader tends to focus more on what la Sagouine has to say than how she says it.

That is, when she isn’t bemused by government census-takers, or amused by the chaos that ensues when the parish priest decides to put the church’s seating up for auction. Water was her fortune: Place a Hold You must be logged in first. With sales of overcopies, it brought the existence of Acadian literature to a wide and admiring audience.

Antonine Maillet – Wikipedia

This should only take a few moments. But even at a distance, her tiny eyes gleam with wit like a pair of well-polished teaspoons.


After having sent some of her writings to Radio-CanadaMaillet eventually offered to tape some of them herself. Her face is as shapeless and crumpled as an old washrag. Anytime a translator takes on the task of transforming a text from one language to another, there is a process of cultural transfer wherein the characteristic maullet of the original text must be digested and re-shaped into something else, which mwillet loses some of the uniqueness of the original work.

Antonine Maillet

Preview — La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet. We are a forum for historians of Atlantic Canada to share their ideas and thoughts about Atlantic Canadian history and methods with each other and the public at large. Kattan, Emmanuel, Published: Jun 27, Jeliene rated it really liked it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new comments via email.

It was poignant and funny at the same time.

Thus began work on the book that through its monologues tells of the simple life of La Sagouinethe daughter and wife of fishermen who became a charwoman. Furthermore, the translation of a text in a very specific dialect such as this one must straddle the fine line of providing enough linguistic markers in the text to represent an informal and believable level of language appropriate for the characters of La Sagouinebut avoid the temptation of giving this new voice a slang that resonates with a different linguistic group.

But, the audience, charmed by this unaffected woman who talked about the real things in life, decided otherwise!


A collection of monologues by Acadian author Antonine Maillet, published in and performed on stage as a one woman show. She also comes with the sagpuine pitfalls — the dangers of stereotyping and folklorization must be underlined.

Email required Address never made public. However, even if that voice is heartbreakingly disembodied in the new language and in this case, the language of the conquerorthe only alternative is silence.

Vocabulaire et mailllet chiac. Accessed 31 December My sister and I saw the stage adaptation of Pelagie several years ago and the play crystalized my current understanding of what our ancestors endured. A series of monologues written from the makllet of view of an old Acadian washer women la sagouine.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. I am enormously proud of my heritage and its survival for four centuries here in North America. May 15, Jo-Ann rated it it was amazing.

Refresh and try again. I really liked this book. Faithfully interpreting Antonine Maillet’s distinctive text, Wayne Antobine brings out the cultural richness of the language as well as La Sagouine’s strength of character and irrepressible humour. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here